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PARKERSBURG – The WVU Parkersburg Foundation with the West Virginia Symphony League of Parkersburg and the River Cities Symphony Orchestra will host acclaimed pianist Grisha Krivchenia at 6 p.m. Thursday at Larchmont in Marietta and 3 p.m. Sunday at Oakland Estate in Parkersburg.
Rented as “the coolest classical musician around” by The Santa Fe Reporter, Krivchenia is a versatile artist whose performances and original compositions captivate audiences across the northern hemisphere. He enjoys a busy schedule and his compositions are performed by professional ensembles from all over the world.
Recent premieres have taken place in Los Angeles, Seattle and Bucharest.
âWe are honored that Grisha Krivchenia is returning to the Mid-Ohio Valley to perform at the Oakland Estate for the benefit of the WVU Parkersburg Foundation and the West Virginia Symphony League of Parkersburg. He is a fascinating artist â, Becky Deem-McGinnis, chair of the board of directors of the WVU Parkersburg Foundation, said.
Krivchenia graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory where he studied piano with Sedmara Rutstein and composition with Jeffrey Mumford. In 2007, Krivchenia founded the music program at Spring Street International School in Friday Harbor.
His solo piano and chamber music are published by Abundant Silence Publishing and CCC Music Co.
âIt’s always very special when someone, born and raised in the region, comes back to share their extraordinary talent. Grisha, in addition to being a very talented pianist of the classics, is also a talented composer â, said David Dernberger, owner of Larchmont.
The venues make the concerts special, Dernberger said. Both houses were built in the second quarter of the 19th century and have similar floor plans, he said.
Audiences are limited to around 35 people at each concert due to the size of the double lounges where the performances will be presented, Dernberger said.
“These are home concerts”, he said.
Dernberger describes the concerts as “Classical houses and classical music”. Krivchenia will perform works by Bach, Schubert, Beethoven and Lizts, including Beethoven “Sonata,” “Opus 110” by Lizt “Funeral” and original compositions.
The intimate nature of the sets will lend themselves to the mood of the performances, Dernberger said.
Tickets cost $ 75 per person.
Grisha is particularly interested in using art to amplify voices that might otherwise go unnoticed. He writes music collaboratively with hospice patients, veterans and recovering drug addicts and recently completed a cycle of songs based on interviews with Syrian refugees living in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
The concerts will benefit the WVU Parkersburg Foundation, the River Cities Symphony Orchestra and the West Virginia Symphony League of Parkersburg. For tickets, contact Olivia Reeder at 304-424-800 ext. 471.